Helloooo from the beautiful and historic town of Adairville, Kentucky; sitting on the land between the north and south branches of the Red River. Some of the longest continuously inhabited land in north America. A place full of good and caring people and a place I love.
Almost ten years ago I retired as head of the Kentucky Education Support Personnel Association which represented more than 50,000 school personnel in our state. Prior to that I was in Washington, DC both at the National Education Association and the White House. My years in both Washington and Frankfort were very rewarding. I have thousands of friends from those special years.
Once I retired I was still full of energy and wanting to stay busy. When I saw that Adairville did not have anyone writing about the town I called the former editor, Turner, to complain. To my surprise Turner asked me to start writing the column. I agreed and some nine years and 400-plus columns later I am still here. I think that my column has failed to appear only twice and that was due to technical glitches.
Recently I moved to Russellville to a home I have admired for many years. The three story historic red brick house on Cornelius Avenue, just behind the feed mill and Southern States. Just across the rail road tracts. (My grand dad Dickerson would be so happy as he was a rail road man all his adult life.)
Not long ago I wrote in my column inviting a successor to come forth to write the Adairville column and someone has volunteered. She is 17 year old Kelly Costello. I am sure she will do a great job. I am sure she will offer a new and much younger perspective than I could ever do. I congratulate Kelly on her new endeavor.
As for me I will truly miss doing the weekly column for my town. I never did take to reporting on who I ate lunch with, or what birds were singing today or the weather (unless it was a tornado. Turner had advised me not to try to promote one church over another and I did stay away from that topic. To me they all offer something good.
I guess my years as a high school history teacher will forever remain with me. I loved teaching. I loved the kids and the parents. To this day many of my former students and their parents call or write me letters and tell me how much they appreciate what I did as their teacher or their child’s teacher. I guess that poured over into some of my columns. I always believed in good discipline, fairness, honesty, high values and respect.
I still believe in Adairville and think it will make a comeback. Leadership, training, planning and willing volunteers are all that is needed. I plan to still be around to help when I can.
In this final Adairville column I want to mention two special people who are fighting cancer. One is Nannette Starks King and the other is Billy Smith. (Billy just found out a few days ago.) They need your prayers. I am sure there are many others but I do not know who they are.
I heard at the Adairville Chamber meeting Monday evening that the block party last weekend was a huge success. There was a large turnout of several hundred people on the town square. For Adairville that was very good.
Thank you for reading my column over the years. I have enjoyed writing most of them. I have also appreciated the comments and words of encouragement.
I understand that O.J. Stapleton, ND&L Editor has a new column in mind for me. Hopefully it will appear in next Friday’s paper. I am not totally sure what it will be as of this moment. Maybe something a little different.
Till then, it is time to close out on my last Adairville column. Good night sweet ladies of Adairville and all the highly intelligent men, to my “Sweet Bertie Angel”, Denise Petre, Allyssa Webber, Daniel Stratton and family and to Mrs. Callabash where ever you are.